Painted Veil

Release Date: 03 September 2007 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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The third film version of Somerset Maughams 1925 novel--directed by John Curran--is ripe with stunning Chinese locales and a smart turn from Naomi Watts as Kitty Fane the aging English socialite who must put herself in strange and turbulent surroundings before she finds her true self. A complex and beautiful international production this adaptation benefits greatly from the lack restrictions that inhibited its previous incarnations in 1925 (with Greta Garbo) and in 1957 (as THE SEVENTH SIN). After pressure from her wealthy parents to settle down Kitty (Naomi Watts) marries mild-mannered bacteriologist Walter (Edward Norton) despite her lack of love for him. Shortly after their vows he takes her to Shanghai where she immediately has an affair with Charles Townsend (Liev Shrieber) an English Vice Consul. Walter becomes aware of Kittys indiscretion and promptly whisks her away to the mountain village of Mei-tan-fu where they befriend another English expat the secretly decadent Deputy Commissioner Waddington (Toby Jones in an extremely likeable performance). Walter begins working to hold an encroaching cholera epidemic at bay---leaving Kitty to ponder her role in the situation as death looms over the village like a spectre. A labour of love that took the better part of a decade for producer Norton and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner THE PAINTED VEIL is a large complex and visually sumptuous production that employed a primarily Chinese crew on its intense location shoots. Nortons passion for the material is on full display as he turns in another solid performance. Watts however who portrayed another unfaithful wife in Currans previous film WE DONT LIVE HERE ANYMORE (2004) is the heart of the film all bee-stung lips and sweat on porcelain skin. Romantic escapist entertainment in the best sense THE PAINTED VEIL is yet more proof that there is an endless pool of silver screen potential in the classics of literature.

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Release Date: 03 September 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Directed by: John Curran

Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 125 minutes
Production Year: 2007
Main Language: English
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Catalogue No: MP638D